King Sobhuza II became King of Swaziland in 1921 at the age of twenty-two. He ruled the
country until his death in August of 1982. He led the country to independence from the
British in 1968, and is regarded so far, as the most benevolent leader the country has
ever had. His son Prince Makhosetive succeeded him in 1986, when he was officially crowned
King Mswati III at the tender age of eighteen.
Photos courtesy of Rumi Takahashi
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